Training Weekends, and a New Outlook for Combat

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Training Weekends, and a New Outlook for Combat

Post by Bombcat » Tue Sep 01, 2015 1:11 pm

I went on CP’s server and met a noob in an Su-27, I was so excited because I hadn’t really seen anybody play online as of late. He shot an AIM-9X at me and asked if I wanted to fight, and I responded "sure" and then killed him 8 times in a row, he rage quit after he missed me with a full missile spam. Whats wrong with me, I’m a monster... ;-;
This post from Mchat illustrates a major part of the problem facing the combat community in YS. We've got a fair number of well trained, highly effective pilots who can absolutely destroy average/newbie opponents. While this certainly reflects well on their training and skill, such curb stomp battles are hardly likely to encourage new pilots to keep coming back. In order to combat this trend, I would like to encourage a more collaborative approach to combat flying in YS.

To implement this I'm initiating a regular military training event which is open to all, scheduled at least monthly. During each session, an experienced combat pilot would lead a lesson on a particular topic. The Combat Information Center topic provides an excellent source to work from, while various squadron training programs may provide additional information. Experienced pilots would be encouraged to come and share their own expertise, while anyone interested in learning could take part in the lesson. At the end of the teaching portion, everyone would fly together to practice what they had learned.

For this to work, we'll need some experienced pilots willing to put aside some time to share their knowledge. I'd be happy to take a leading role, but I know we have a number of skilled pilots with fairly little to do. If you've been looking for a reason to hop back on a server, this could be it. Depending on response, I would like to schedule an initial session this Saturday, between 8 and 10PM EST. If there is a strong commitment, I may be able to shift it a little earlier. Sessions will not be scheduled to conflict with other planned events, but I would like to see them at least monthly. Recruiting would be acceptable, as long as any recruiting pilots are willing to freely share their expertise with all attendees regardless of affiliation.

There are additional measures which we can apply to make new members feel more welcome, and less overwhelmed. If you are beating someone in air combat, offer some tips on how they might be able to get more out of their plane, or suggest a more effective fighter. Don't punish newbie infractions with relentless attacks until you are reasonably sure they understand the rules of the server. It's up to us to ensure the growth and ability of our combat community.
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Re: Training Weekends, and a New Outlook for Combat

Post by Flake » Tue Sep 01, 2015 1:16 pm

Good move. Thumbs up for taking the initiative.

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Post by Copperhead » Tue Sep 01, 2015 7:48 pm

I want to be a not monster, so I'm definitely in for this. Anyone else coming along?
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Post by ForeverYMonster » Tue Sep 01, 2015 8:15 pm

But, I am a Monster, so how's this work for me?
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Re: Training Weekends, and a New Outlook for Combat

Post by VNAF ONE » Tue Sep 01, 2015 8:16 pm

My schedule on Saturday nights usually consists of some sort of social function with that being my only day off. However I might occasionally make it and would love to be a part of this.
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Re: Training Weekends, and a New Outlook for Combat

Post by Nodoka Hanamura » Tue Sep 01, 2015 8:23 pm

I believe the Grun Squadron's SEAD/CAS specialist Dragon_mech could help with this.
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Re: Training Weekends, and a New Outlook for Combat

Post by Bombcat » Wed Sep 02, 2015 4:33 pm

I'm delighted to see such a strong positive response! To answer some of the questions/comments:
VNAF ONE wrote:My schedule on Saturday nights usually consists of some sort of social function with that being my only day off. However I might occasionally make it and would love to be a part of this.
I'd be happy to see sessions on other nights, that starting time is simply what currently works for me. If you'd ever be interested in leading a class in one of your specialties, we could certainly look into a time that works better with your schedule.

Mahora-27 wrote:I believe the Grun Squadron's SEAD/CAS specialist Dragon_mech could help with this.
If he has knowledge to share, and feels that he can do so effectively, I would be happy to welcome his assistance.
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Re: Training Weekends, and a New Outlook for Combat

Post by Copperhead » Sat Sep 05, 2015 10:16 pm

Getting ready, I'll be there in about 45 mins.
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Re: Training Weekends, and a New Outlook for Combat

Post by Dragon_Mech » Wed Sep 16, 2015 4:24 am

Mahora-27 wrote:I believe the Grun Squadron's SEAD/CAS specialist Dragon_mech could help with this.
i'll do what i can, but i'm only available between 6 AM and 12 PM US CDT. and i still have a lot to learn myself.
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Re: Training Weekends, and a New Outlook for Combat

Post by Bombcat » Thu Sep 17, 2015 12:28 am

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Mahora-27 wrote:I believe the Grun Squadron's SEAD/CAS specialist Dragon_mech could help with this.
i'll do what i can, but i'm only available between 6 AM and 12 PM US CDT. and i still have a lot to learn myself.
I'm going to be very busy over the next few weeks, but if you'd like to try and work something out, feel free to PM me. I can't schedule it just yet, but I'm planning a ground attack focus for the next session, and would love to have your input.
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Re: Training Weekends, and a New Outlook for Combat

Post by Ri Ra » Thu Sep 17, 2015 1:10 am

I would be willing to put 1-2 hours on Sunday towards teaching basics. Landing, Low speed flying, navigation. I just need to brush up on a few things.

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Re: Training Weekends, and a New Outlook for Combat

Post by Nodoka Hanamura » Thu Sep 17, 2015 4:34 am

I've also become somewhat versed in CAS as of late, so I may be able to help provide training as well.
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Re: Training Weekends, and a New Outlook for Combat

Post by Dragon_Mech » Thu Sep 17, 2015 5:23 am

Bombcat wrote:I'm going to be very busy over the next few weeks, but if you'd like to try and work something out, feel free to PM me. I can't schedule it just yet, but I'm planning a ground attack focus for the next session, and would love to have your input.
sounds good. just PM me what you want to discuss and i'll be glad to help in any way i can.
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Re: Training Weekends, and a New Outlook for Combat

Post by MD5Ray01 » Fri Sep 18, 2015 6:33 am

I could provide some help as well.
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